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Shahi Paneer or Paneer Makhni

Sarah Mirza
Shahi paneer is easy to make. It screams authenticity and rich flavors. it’s a fabulous vegetarian escape.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 cup paneer cubed
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 16 ounce sour cream
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • salt
  • a pinch of garam masala
  • 10 cashews
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1 tsp heavy whipping cream to garnish
  • 1 tbsp cilantro chopped to garnish
  • 1 tsp fenugreek leaves to garnish


  • In a pan, bring the onion and water. Set aside for cool down.
  • After cool down, in a blender add in the onion mixture and cashews and blend them for a minute.
  • In a pan, heat butter, after the butter melts add in cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, whole cloves, cumin, green chili pepper, and green cardamom pods. Sauté on medium to low flame for 2 minutes.
  • Add the onion cashews mixture to the butter mixer in the pan.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sauté everything for 1 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, red chilli powder, and salt and mix it for 2-4 minutes.
  • Add sour cream, yogurt, and honey and mix it for 1 minute.
  • Take out the cinnamon stick and throw it away.
  • Use a hand blender to blend everything into a smooth texture for 2 minutes (if you want a thinner gravy now it’s the time to add water if you need it)
  • Add in the garam masala.
  • Mix the paneer cubes in the pot and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fenugreek leaves, cilantro, and heavy whipping cream.


Serving: 0gCarbohydrates: 0gProtein: 0gFat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 0gVitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg
Keyword Shahi paneer
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